B(h)uis / Hoogte Twee Architecten

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Netherlands-based Hoogte Twee Architecten shared with us their project B(h)uis, a small pavilion built with PVC tubes. More images and architect’s description after the break.

AD Round Up: Health Architecture Part IV

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Two medical care facilities, two dental clinics, and one nursing home. It’s our health architecture selection, part IV. Check them all after the break.

Kemang Medical Care / Aboday Architects
When this project started in 2007, the original land size of 2600 sqm is barely enough to build a women and children clinic with 52 wards. The building programme is complex, which include one floor dedicated for in vitro treatment. The 5 storey building sits on an elongated site, located in a junction of Jalan Ampera Raya in South Jakarta, and 6 m width neighbourhood alley. It has an inward tapered shape with a frontage of only 20 meter in width (read more…)

J. Mayer H. winner proposal for Audi Urban Future Award

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This morning, we featured BIG’s proposal for the Urban Future Award. Now, we show you the winning proposal by German architect J. Mayer H. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Laposa Winery / Atelier Peter Kis

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Architects: Atelier Peter Kis / Péter Kis, Bea Molnár
Location: Badacsonytomaj, Hungary
Structure: MtM Mérnökiroda
Landscape: Zsuzsa Bogner
Client: Bazaltbor-Badacsony Kft.
Site Area: 6,956 sqm
Project Area: 420 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Zsolt Batár

BIG’s proposal for the Audi Urban Future Award

“(Driver)less is more”, BIG’s proposal for the Audi Urban Future Award was one of the five finalists of the competition won by J. Mayer H. More images and architect’s description after the break.

CAAC / Paredes Pino

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Architects: Paredes Pino - Fernando G. Pino, Manuel G. de Paredes
Location: Islas Sisargas c/v Formentera c/v Cies, Cordoba,
Collaborators: Raquel Blasco Fraile, David Pérez Herranz
Consultors: Rafael Pérez Morales,Robert Brufau, Xavier Aguiló, María José Camporro, BOMA S.L. (structures), ARGU, Ingeniería (mechanical engineering)
Contractor: Ferrovial
Promotor: Procórdoba. Proyectos de Córdoba Siglo XXI
Project Area: 11,920 sqm
Budget: 3,259,924.66 €
Project Year: 2007-2010
Photographs: Jorge López Conde

OMA wins competition for new BMVR library in Caen, France

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A few weeks ago we were discussing on Twitter how OMA has developed several innovations in cultural and educational buildings. The Wyly Theater (in partnership with REX), the Seattle Public Library, and on projects such as the MNBAQ extension or the West Kowloon Cultural District master plan.

Today we got the news that OMA has won the competition for a new regional library (Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale) in Caen, . The 12,000m2 project will be OMA’s first cultural building in , and was led by associate-in-charge Clément Blanchet.

Life Will Kill You / Sports

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Check out this temporary , entitled “Life Will Kill You”, for the Revolve Clothing showroom in West Hollywood. For the , Molly Hunker and Gregory Corso of Sports used the standard zip tie to create a floating volume nestled below an existing soffit. The simplicity of the system highly contrasts the high fashion boutique clothing, which will be displayed in the space, as a way to show how the two extremes can compliment one another. “The design is intended to explore the edge between aggression and elegance through material sensibility, overall form, and visual effect,” explained the designers.

More images and more about the installation after the break.

What Makes Us Human: Reactions to the Shelters for Roman Archaeological Site

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Shawn Swisher, architecture student at the  USC School of Architecture, is currently on a traveling research fellowship focusing on the work of . The research centers around Zumthor’s ability to create visceral reactions through his architecture, work that is based on fundamentals of architecture that seem to be fleeting in some emerging architectural trends. Here you will find periodic updates from his journey.

There are many ways that architecture can stimulate us. We can be enthralled by theoretical concepts that intend to revolutionize how we interact with our buildings. We can be overcome by the metaphors underlying a project’s design. And, at times, we are able to separate ourselves from these more cerebral desires and draw intrigue based solely on our reactions to space and form.

A House Awaiting Death / EASTERN Design Office

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EASTERN Design Office shared with us their latest project, designed for a very particular client, awaiting for his death.

You can read the complete story behind this project, with photographs by Koichi Torimrua

Territorial Dissonances / NOVAE Architecture

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NOVAE Architecture has been recently selected as one of the 10 Young Italian Architects under 35 at the “Architects Meet at Fuori ”, for the Venice Biennale. For the event, they presented their project “Teritorial Dissonances”. More images and architect’s description after the break.

The Indicator: Either/Or

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The numbers look good/bad. The economy is recovering/anemic. The markets are up/down. If you follow economic reporting and analysis the economy seems to be a schizo-economy. What this indicates, in this era of battling economic models, is that no one really knows from one day to the next.

When will this end? Nobody knows this either. Even the economists don’t know because we have never been in a recession rooted in such deep complexities and systemic vulnerabilities. In such an environment, the phantoms of group-think become a virus that exacerbates real conditions. Doubt shadows every possible move.

As the Buddha said, life is suffering. The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard defined this as either/or. The central issues in his book, Either/Or, hinge upon the individual’s choice and will in the face of life’s difficulties. This is his take on how to end the suffering.

Danish architecture has exerted a powerful influence on the profession. Danish philosophy may also present some insight. Though he wrote in the eighteenth century he is sometimes considered a postmodernist. Now might be the appropriate time to include him in the Thinkers for Architects series. Although his philosophy may not, on the surface, seem relevant to design, it is definitely relevant to business…and to being human.

Parklife / Arrhov Frick

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Stockholm-based Arrhov Frick received 1st Prize in for their project “Parklife”, a park, hotel and spa in , Sweden. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Sfera Building / Claesson Koivisto Rune

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Architects: Claesson Koivisto Rune
Location: Kyoto,
Project team: Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune, Kumi Nakagaki, Patrick Coan
Client: Shigeo Mashiro, Ricordi & Sfera co., ltd.
Contractor: Sugawara Construction co., ltd.
Total floor area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2003
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman, Nacasa & Partners inc., Johan Fowelin

IT University of Copenhagen video by Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen Architects recently released a short film on the IT University in Ørestad City, . The film focuses on the main ideas of the architectural design and describes the synergy created when the students and external users are brought together in the central street of the building. At the same time, the film addresses the university users: Today, six years after completion, how is the building experienced by students, professors and administrative staff? The film casts Vice-Chancellor Mads Tofte, architect Søren Øllgaard and students Isaac Dart, Frederik Meisner and Line Thorup.

The IT University is arranged around a large central atrium. In the atrium space a number of group and meeting rooms, designed as corbelled boxes, are placed in a dynamic composition – like extracted drawers of various sizes. The ground floor comprises the common facilities; lecture halls, students’ café, canteen and library. All research and teaching areas are located on the upper floors. Teaching facilities in open study areas surrounding the atrium and research departments in the calmer zones at both ends of the building.

The building stands elevated above terrain. A metal clad frame folds around the entire volume in one singular dynamic movement. The facades inside the frame are divided into horizontal ribbons of of varying colour and character – powerful green-coloured , translucent and clear .

Vallecas Public Housing / Estudio.Entresitio

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Architects: Estudio.Entresitio / María Hurtado de Mendoza Wahrolén, César Jiménez de Tejada Benavides, José María Hurtado de Mendoza Wahrolén
Location: Madrid,
Client: EMVS, Empresa Municipal de Vivienda y Suelo – Municipal Agency for Housing
Project Team: Carolina Leveroni, Stefan Vogt, Jorge Martínez, Laura Frutos, Pablo Sacristán, Filipe Minderico, Anne-Dorothée Herbort, Miguel Crespo y Alvar Ruiz
Structural Engineer: CYPE Ingenieros Estudios y Proyectos, s. a.
Mechanical Engineer: I+G. Pro, Clement y asociados, c. b.
Communications: Inprotel Comunicaciones, s. l.
Quantity Surveyors: Juan Carlos Corona Ruiz, David Gil Crespo, Santiago Hernán Martín
Construction Company: Assignia Infraestructuras
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Jorge Lopez Conde

Flow 2 / Studio Gorm

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Short on space but still need the functionality of a kitchen? Check out this cool design we spotted over on Core77 designed by Netherlands-based design firm Studio Gorm.  This super efficient and highly compact design creates a “living kitchen” which marries nature with technology.  The kitchen provides a place for not only the preparation of food, but also the means to grow, store, and even compost food.  Our favorite aspect is the vertical dish rack, which is positioned in such a way so excess water benefits the herds that sit in planter boxes beneath it.

More images, info, and a video, after the break.

House 53 / Marcio Kogan

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Architect: Marcio Kogan
Location: Sao Paulo,
Co-Author: Suzana Glogowski
Interior Design: Diana Radomysler, Mariana Simas
Project Team: Beatriz Meyer, Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Maria Cristina Motta, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo
Landscape Architect: Renata Tilli
General Contractor: Fairbanks & Pilnik
Structural Engineering: Leão e Associados
Site Area: 330 sqm
Project Area: 350 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Rômulo Fialdini